John Brisben Walker
Devoted family man and visionary businessman.
John Brisben Walker is personally responsible for the way much of the front range looks in this area. In his quest for the perfect place to build a home for his family, he preserved thousands of acres of land around Morrison. As a well-rounded businessman he launched many projects in the Denver area. All of these ventures continue to impact people who live and play here now.
The ruins you see here are the remains of a grand home belonging to John B. Walker. A self-made millionaire by 1905, he purchased more than four thousand acres of land in this area, including what is now Mount Falcon Park. Tragedy struck the Walker family in 1916 when Mrs. Walker died. Lightning struck the Walker home and it burned down in 1918, forcing John to leave the area. These ruins are only the foundation of the magnificent craftsman-style chalet that once stood here. His vision of preserving large pieces of land eventually became the foundation for Denver Mountain Parks and Jefferson County Open Space.
As well as preserving the land you are now standing on, Walker was a successful businessman
Left bottom photo caption: This home was built for his wife Ethel and their children, with construction starting in 1909. Walker's family and servants stop to pose during construction in what would become the courtyard.
Middle bottom photo caption: Walker's sons in front of the tower and north wing of the house as it neared completion. His daughter Nathalia stated that the mansion, built by stonemasons from Italy included ten bedrooms, a music room, observation deck eight fireplaces, a library and servants quarters.
Right bottom photo caption: The mansion was struck by lightning and burned in 1918. Soon after that, John Walker left Colorado for good. This photo is of the north side of the home.
Background Image: Walker mansion after completion
Erected by Jefferson County Open Space.
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Location. 39° 38.11′ N, 105° 13.612′ W. Marker is in Morrison, Colorado, in Jefferson County. Marker can be reached from Vine Street. Located in Mount Falcon Park on the Castle Trail, about 2.5 miles from the East Trailhead. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3852 Vine Street, Morrison CO 80465, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Summer White House (approx. 0.6 miles away); Red Rocks Park (approx. 2.4 miles away); Red Rocks Amphitheatre (approx. 2.4 miles away); Front Range Foothills (approx. 2.8 miles away); Cretaceous Time (approx. 3.3 miles away); The Rocky Mountains (approx. 3.4 miles away); Volcanic Ash (approx. 3.4 miles away); Brontosaur Bulges (approx. 3.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Morrison.
Also see . . . Wikipedia article on John Brisben Walker. (Submitted on October 14, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
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